Thanksgiving is past and Christmas has come at last, and the Region has plenty of holiday fun in store for residents willing to brave the cold! Whether you're looking for a night of worship at Valparaiso University, a visit with Santa at the Hammond Holiday Parade, or a trip to the North Pole with the City of Portage, there's something for everyone this weekend.
Take a look at our list of 10 Fun Things To Do in Northwest Indiana and be sure to add some to your calendar!
Support local artists by visiting Lubeznik’s Holiday Artisan Market
Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ Holiday Artisan Market is open! The market features unique pieces created by local artists including jewelry, ceramics, wearable art, and more! It’s the perfect place to find a memorable Christmas gift. Learn more here.
Join Valparaiso University for a night of worship at its Festive Christmas Vespers Event
Valparaiso University invites guests to participate in an evening of festive worship accompanied by the live music of Valparaiso University Chorale and symphony orchestra band. The event will be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Get together with the City of Hammond for its Holiday Parade and Santa Sprint 5k
Mayor McDermott and the Hammond Holiday Parade Committee are bringing you a double feature this weekend. On Saturday at 9:30 a.m., the day will kick off with a one-mile sprint down Indianapolis Boulevard. At 10 a.m., the Holiday Parade will leave from Gavit High School on its way to the Hammond Sportsplex. Learn more here.
Take in the dazzling lights at Pulaski County’s Electric Lights Parade
The Pulaski County Community Development Commission is putting on an Electric Lights Parade again this year to welcome Santa, and everyone's invited! The parade will begin on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Winamac and kicks off the weekend-long Winter Wonderland event. Learn more here.
Kick off Christmas with the Portage Park’s Christmas in the City
The City of Portage will be holding its Christmas in the City event on Saturday. The day will begin with the Portage Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual Christmas Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rumor has it that Santa himself will be attending from noon onwards. At 4, the Portage Kiwanis Club’s Santa’s Parade of Toys will begin its march towards Founders Square, where the Portage Event Partnership will light the Christmas tree! Learn more here.
Take part in festivities during the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ’s Christmas at the Center
The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ will be hosting a free Christmas event on Saturday in Plymouth. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and include cookie decorating, frame decorating, pictures with Santa, and face painting! Learn more here.
Make your new favorite holiday drink with Wise Guys
This month, Wise Guys is teaching the Region how to make a White Christmas martini. Impress friends, family, and coworkers at the next winter party with this festive drink featuring crushed candy canes as garnish! Learn more here.
Check out La Porte’s art scene at the Holiday Artisan Fair
The La Porte County Historical Society Museum is hosting its Holiday Artisan Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature local vendors selling handmade holiday pieces that make the perfect gift for any artists in your life. Learn more here.
Learn to save a life with La Porte firefighters
Firefighters with the City of La Porte are offering free CPR certification on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CPR can often be the difference between life and death in emergency situations, and La Porte is offering this program as a way to make their community even safer. Learn more here.
Sing along to M & M’s production of “Scrooge the Musical”
M&M Productions and Ross Music Theatre are performing “Scrooge the Musical” this weekend! This production marks 24 years of “Scrooge” performances and is sure to get anybody moving and grooving in their seats. Learn more here.